The Importance of Preventative Home Maintenance

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If you’ve been a responsible homeowner for years, or if you’re just starting out in your journey through homeownership, your goal is to never lapse in performing necessary home maintenance and repairs.

Sometimes, that’s easier said than done, when life gets busy, your family grows, or you face health problems. Getting help with preventative home maintenance becomes necessary because it’s very important to protect your investment, save you money, and keep you as healthy as possible.

Here are three reasons why home maintenance is important enough for you to sign up for a home maintenance program in Overland Park and its neighboring cities.

Home Maintenance Saves You Money

Owning a home costs a lot of money, beyond your mortgage. Maintenance and home repairs are just two of the expenses you have to pay, but these costs are a far cry from what you’d need to fork over to get your home back into shape after years of skipping preventative maintenance.

Home maintenance saves you money because major repairs are even more expensive than if you stayed on top of the care your home needed. Renowned financial experts say that for every $1 you spend in maintenance, you can save about $100 in repairs.

For example, patching a leaky roof is much less expensive than repairing a large section of your roof – or replacing it altogether, which costs between $10,000 and $20,000 – plus repairing the damage to the interior that the leak caused.

So, unless you’ve recently won the lottery or have a ton of money burning a hole in your pocket, taking care of your home is better for your wallet.

Home Maintenance Protects Your Investment

You may not consider purchasing your home to have been a financially-motivated decision. However, home ownership and the equity you build in your home can pay off when it’s time to sell. Home maintenance helps to ensure your investment appreciates more rapidly in value than it would if it were left to fall apart.

Let’s take a look at an example, which happens to be a true story. In 1968, a woman purchased a modest home for $10,000 in a Kansas City suburb. Over the years, she lovingly maintained her house, even as the homes around hers deteriorated. Although she didn’t perform any major upgrades, except for making her bathroom more accessible to her, and putting on a new roof in the 1990s, she sold her house in 2020 after receiving an offer for $104,000. That’s a difference of $94,000 she was able to put in her pocket and use for her next home so she could continue living independently.

Compared to other homes in her neighborhood, which were not maintained, her home sold for between $30,000 and $60,000 more than those in a state of disrepair. And remember – this is with the same kitchen cabinets, countertops, and finishes from when she bought it. That is a testament to the value of home maintenance.

Home Maintenance Makes Your House a Safe Place to Live

Taking good care of your home not only lines your pockets when it’s time to sell, but it also helps you stay healthier. Good maintenance includes cleaning out your dishwasher filter, dryer vent, HVAC grilles, drains, and more. Failure to do any of these things can affect your air and water quality.

Poor air quality and water quality can trigger all sorts of medical issues, including an increase in allergy problems, respiratory issues, headaches, and more. So even if you’re saving money by not taking care of your house, you’re certainly spending money on taking care of your health.

Regular home maintenance helps to remove and prevent build-up, mold growth, and mildew in your home. And an observant set of eyes helps you spot easy-to-remedy problems before they become major. With help maintaining your home, you also reduce your risk of injury trying to perform the repairs yourself.

Sign Up for a Home Maintenance Subscription Plan

EncompassOne Home Solutions works hard to save our clients time, energy, and money, and ease the burden of homeownership by providing home maintenance and home repairs on an affordable subscription-based plan. Our maintenance packages are tailored to your needs, and we also offer home improvement services.

With only one number you’ll ever need to call, EncompassOne Home Solutions simplifies homeownership for you. Learn more about our subscription program and how we can help you age in place or maintain your home for your growing family.